SBT is pleased to announce a new media partnership for 2017, with Network My Club. We caught up with the founder of Network My Club, Bradley Hatchett to tell readers more about its networking groups and business growth opportunities across Sussex and further afield
Set up in 2015 by Bradley Hatchett, Network My Club now partner with Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, Fontwell Park Racecourse and Portsmouth Football Club along the South coast, as well as recently announcing a new partnership with Surrey County Cricket Club in London.
We caught up with Bradley following a recent Media Partnership between Sussex Business Times and Network My Club, which will see the magazine regularly feature their Network Albion Business Club and Network Fontwell Business Club.
Network My Club is a relatively new business and one that seems to be growing exponentially, can you tell us a little about the turn of events that led you to set the company up?
I was fortunate enough to spend three years working in the commercial department for Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium, where one of my roles was to run the football club’s business networking group, then known as Friends of the Albion. It was a very valuable platform for both the club and local businesses to engage with one another, so the idea materialised to replicate that model to provide other professional sports clubs with a similar opportunity, whilst giving businesses unique and exciting networking opportunities at these v
It’s been an exhilarating journey so far, having first partnered with Portsmouth Football Club in July 2015, we’re now running four business clubs across the South and in London, with over 150 companies part of the network as members.
What are your aspirations for Network My Club’s growth over the coming 12 months?
Once we have established our latest group, the Network Oval Business Club at Surrey County Cricket Club, we would like to develop the network further and partner with two or three more clubs by the end of 2017.
As well as continually improving our existing business clubs, we are also planning on moving into new office space and increasing the size of our team, to assist with the planned growth.
What are the USPs that come with Network My Club membership?
I’ve always said what we do isn’t reinventing the wheel, in terms of networking. However, through our partnerships and relationships with each club/venue, we are able to work with them to provide members with unique benefits.
Each business club package is tailored slightly differently, for example, with the Network Albion Business Club at Brighton & Hove Albion FC, one member benefit is that companies are listed in the match programme, of which over 9,000 copies are sold each game at the Amex. On the other hand, with the Network Fontwell Business Club at Fontwell Park Racecourse, members can choose tickets to race days of their choice and get use of a hospitality box for external meeting and event space. This is all on top of the regular monthly networking that takes place at each business club, which is included as part of the company membership.
We also coincide some of our monthly networking meetings with the sporting events too. At Fontwell Park for example, a number of our networking events take place on the afternoon of a race day, which allow members and guests to enjoy lunch and network across the course of an afternoon as opposed to a couple of hours over breakfast in the morning. This is something we will also do with the Network Oval Business Club at Surrey CCC during the cricket season this summer.
Give us your thoughts on the recent Media Partnership with Sussex Business Times?
We’re excited to be partnering with SBT, not only to raise awareness of Network My Club and how we can help businesses across Sussex, but to offer our own members with some added exposure and opportunities to use SBT as a vehicle to raise their company profile.
Members and guests can also now expect to see copies of SBT at our monthly business club events at the Amex Stadium and Fontwell Park Racecourse!
As previously mentioned, although the main benefit is the opportunity to network and meet many businesses at our business clubs, our packages offer a variety of benefits for members to promote and showcase their company.
We like to understand what a member is trying to achieve from their membership, and for example, if they are looking to expand in either West or East Sussex, both Network Albion and Network Fontwell reach out to a large number of companies in these regions and can provide members with a platform to grow into new areas, all through Network My Club.
With continued growth month on month at both business clubs, as well as across the Network My Club group, we have lots of exciting plans for 2017 and look forward to the fruits of this being seen by our members.
Find more about Network My Club at www.networkmyclub.co.uk, or their two business clubs in Sussex at Brighton & Hove Albion FC (www.networkalbion.co.uk) and Fontwell Park Racecourse (www.networkfontwell.co.uk).
To get in touch with Network My Club directly, call 01903 898025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.